PSPgo Gets Limited Price Cut in UK

PSPgo Gets Limited Price Cut in UK

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In what may be the quickest price cut in recent memory, several UK retailers have slashed the price of Sony's new PSPgo to £199.99 after only one weekend of sales.

Boy, the PSPgo has had an interesting ride. After being boycotted in Europe and Australia, called dead on arrival by a UK specialty retailer, finding its UMD conversion plans falling through, Sony still maintained that it expected more negativity for the device than it actually received.

It's slightly odd, then, to see that several retailers in the UK are already dropping the price to below £200 - from £224.99 - after only one week of sales. Amazon.co.uk, Play, GAME, and HMV have all dropped the price of the handheld to £199.99.

Meanwhile, Argos has offered a slight discount of its own to £219.99, and ShopTo - the chain that called it "Dead on Arrival" - will continue to charge Sony's full price of £224.99.

It's all a bit puzzling, really. The main concern I'd seen of retailers was that the profit margin on the handheld itself was too slim to make much money off of sales, and the digital-distribution-only platform meant they couldn't recoup money off of used games. So their solution is to... make even less money (or even take a loss) off the PSPgo so that more people buy one and circumvent their brick-and-mortar stores entirely? Huh? Am I missing something here?

Still, it's unlikely to be bad news for Sony, who announced that PSP sales had risen 100% with the introduction of the PSPgo to the market.

(Via VG247)

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well good for them i guess

I don't live in UK but I kinda wish for a discount for the pspGO

Hey, I bought mine and I love it. The smaller screen means that the resolution is higher, so playing GT on it looks fantastic (and I'm not normally a graphics whore). When I'm sat at home, I love using my PS3 controller to play on it whilst I'm also on my laptop.

Still, it's unlikely to be bad news for Sony, who announced that PSP sales had risen 100% with the introduction of the PSPgo to the market.

Sales rising by 100% all depends on what previous sales were. Oh sure it sounds impressive, but if the sales were two a week, then it's gone up to 4 a week.

Interesting that we got a price cut, but that says that even though they're 'in line with expectations', that they're not as high as they want them to be.

Maybe they might actually sell one then

It's out already?!

For once I'm not being cynical, but here in Loughborough (also Boston last week) I've seen neither hide nor hair of even a PSPgo advert. That's in several Tescos, an HMV and two Games.

I suppose they must be in the bigger stores or online retail, it's a little weird.

I still have my 3000 for when I find UMDs in the store but my go will be for mainly PSN only purchases I love em both and wanna use em both equally x.x I wish mine was discounted though T.T

Well, finally, the UK does something right. That price cut sounds pretty nice.

I've been all DS in terms of handhelds this gen, but if I get a well paying job in the near future(which shouldn't be too hard when I graduate my electronics class), I might pick up a PSP Go.

I picked up a PSP Slim (or Lite I can't remember which) on holiday recently, and now this has come out. Never mind, anyway according to the exchange rate back then, I got it brand new for around £90. Bargain

Well, price cuts are always good. I'll need to pick on up sometime, though I'm still a bit lazy and waiting on Uncharted 2 and Ratchet and Clank first.

I'm sorry to say I'm still rather unimpressed with the whole psp in general, to be quite honest though handhelds have never really light a fire of excitement under my butt. I prefer using them on long road trips mainly sticking to my usual game combo of Kirby:Nightmare in Dreamland and New Super Mario Bros. Trying to play anything of sizable length on them is a nuisance to me and not worth the time.

Meh, but that's just me and price cuts on brand-spanking new systems are always a wonderful thing in my book. Now if I only lived in Europe.....

With the 100% rise in sales, the PSPGo has already surpassed my expectations even though there is no hard sales number (as in, actual unit sales instead of percentages). I thought it was going to be an absolute still born.
So... good for you Sony (I guess). But this price drop is about 3 months overdue, which is actually quite fast for Sony products. Now just carry that over for the rest of the world.

I will say a 100% rise in sales is pretty damn good, but that seems to be just for the UK.

ShopTo is not a chain. It's a (notoriously dodgy) minor internet retailer.

And Sony never announced any plans for UMD conversion.

Hence why the negativity was less than expected.

Even £99 for the PSPgo is a rip off to the consumer.

Buy a PSP-2000 or PSP-3000, at least then you have the option of both UMD and Dig-Dist games.

NB: 100% rise in sales is not much considering how incredibly poorly the PSP had been selling before. A small number x2 is still a small number.

Actually, one of the reasons for the crazy price of the Go is to give a big margin to retailers on the console itself. Of course, that's still a one-shot as opposed to margins on games, especially used ones.

It makes sense for a price cut if no one is buying the things, is it not better for the stores to make a small profit rather than have stocking sitting unsold?

I know its only the first week or so after release but I would have thought if it was going to sell well then any initial stock would be depleted already.

As for the console its self I cant say I'm interested, the PSP-2000/3000 is a much better option, you get full access to the PSN Store plus you can buy physical games that will no doubt be cheaper, as well as having the option of used games.

Treblaine:
Even £99 for the PSPgo is a rip off to the consumer.

Buy a PSP-2000 or PSP-3000, at least then you have the option of both UMD and Dig-Dist games.

No, it's a rip-off to you. But I don't like having to lug around endless UMDs to play a selection of games. I don't like how flimsy and fragile the PSP was. The PSPgo is addressing that balance.

Some people like big cars with lots of bells and whistles, some like smaller cars with the basics and a difference design. Life is great when we have choice. If anything, Sony is giving us more choice than rip us off.

Amnestic:

Still, it's unlikely to be bad news for Sony, who announced that PSP sales had risen 100% with the introduction of the PSPgo to the market.

Sales rising by 100% all depends on what previous sales were. Oh sure it sounds impressive, but if the sales were two a week, then it's gone up to 4 a week.

I was thinking that exact same thing.

Also, looking at that picture, I can't help but think that the PSP Go is clunky to play. o.O

Terramax:

Treblaine:
Even £99 for the PSPgo is a rip off to the consumer.

Buy a PSP-2000 or PSP-3000, at least then you have the option of both UMD and Dig-Dist games.

No, it's a rip-off to you. But I don't like having to lug around endless UMDs to play a selection of games. I don't like how flimsy and fragile the PSP was. The PSPgo is addressing that balance.

Some people like big cars with lots of bells and whistles, some like smaller cars with the basics and a difference design. Life is great when we have choice. If anything, Sony is giving us more choice than rip us off.

Ugg, you DON'T GET IT.

Even with the PSP-1000 you don't NEED the actual UMD any more since you can buy a 16GB Pro Duo memory card for £35/$40 and download the exact same games for PSPgo as for PSP-1000, PSP-2000 or PSP-3000. In fact going the Original PSP route offers far more flexibility as you can use 1x 8GB memory card, several or any size that is convenient for you.

Weight savings with PSPgo are BARELY AN OUNCE over the PSP-2000 and the only dimension there is a real space saving is in width, only 25% smaller. PSPgo also looks pretty flimsy with that sliding screen thing compared to the completely solid Original PSP.

Treblaine:

Ugg, you DON'T GET IT.

Even with the PSP-1000 you don't NEED the actual UMD any more since you can buy a 16GB Pro Duo memory card for £35/$40 and download the exact same games for PSPgo as for PSP-1000, PSP-2000 or PSP-3000. In fact going the Original PSP route offers far more flexibility as you can use 1x 8GB memory card, several or any size that is convenient for you.

Weight savings with PSPgo are BARELY AN OUNCE over the PSP-2000 and the only dimension there is a real space saving is in width, only 25% smaller. PSPgo also looks pretty flimsy with that sliding screen thing compared to the completely solid Original PSP.

Very well, if what you are saying is correct then you were right and I am wrong. I didn't realise you could legally download games on the old PSPs. I didn't do that when I owned one.

Terramax:

Treblaine:

Ugg, you DON'T GET IT.

Even with the PSP-1000 you don't NEED the actual UMD any more since you can buy a 16GB Pro Duo memory card for £35/$40 and download the exact same games for PSPgo as for PSP-1000, PSP-2000 or PSP-3000. In fact going the Original PSP route offers far more flexibility as you can use 1x 8GB memory card, several or any size that is convenient for you.

Weight savings with PSPgo are BARELY AN OUNCE over the PSP-2000 and the only dimension there is a real space saving is in width, only 25% smaller. PSPgo also looks pretty flimsy with that sliding screen thing compared to the completely solid Original PSP.

Very well, if what you are saying is correct then you were right and I am wrong. I didn't realise you could legally download games on the old PSPs. I didn't do that when I owned one.

Yes, here is a list of all the games available, just remember to sort by region:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_downloadable_PlayStation_games#PSP_games

Also these PSOne Classics can be bought and the same copy either played on PS3 or PSP.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PSOne_Classics

There is no distinction whether the game is for PSP or PSPgo, they can be downloaded and played on any PSP.

As you can see from the list, Europe gets quite a bit screwed over in terms of region locked releases which leaves me as a UK resident pretty pissed off as the only PSOne classics I even like the look of are Syphon Filter and Future Cop LAPD.

It also pisses me off that classic or otherwise simple games sold on PSN like Wolfenstein 3D are not available on PSP or even the PSPgo!

This is part of the reason I have no time for PSPgo, after Sony has shown complete incompetence in offering an appealing game library for the regular PSP in terms of digital downloads.

This is a problem I see all the time with Sony as it evident in their pedigree, unlike Microsoft which is mainly a software company, Sony is mainly a hardware company where they have consistently tried to engineer their way out of each quagmire with a new hardware solution but again and again they fail to get the software side up to standards.

They know how to get some stylish photography in there but is badly put together in terms of human engineering and practicality. I could go into more detail of how Sony fails in the PSN department but it would be off topic but more importantly it's late for me.

I hope you find my links helpful.

 

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